Shortly after Sony Pictures Entertainment released 'The Interview' on digital services, high-quality copies of the movie have turned up on multiple piracy sites.
On December 24, the studio announced the launch of 'The Interview' on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and its own website.
However, Sony's digital release of the movie is currently available only in the US. About 200,000 people have already circumvented this restriction by turning to torrent sites where the film appeared just an hour after its official release.
'The Interview', starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is a geopolitical satire and it revolves around two American TV journalists enlisted by the CIA to kill North Korea's leader. The movie has been surrounded with lots of controversies before its release. Its release was delayed by a week after "terrorist" threat. After a little delay, the movie was released and released online so as to practice freedom of expression, reasoned Sony and Google.
"...after discussing all the issues, Sony and Google agreed that we could not sit on the sidelines and allow a handful of people to determine the limits of free speech in another country," Google's Chief Legal Officer David Drummond commented.